Saturday, February 7, 2009
• $200 million for National Science Foundation
• $100 million for science
• $1 billion for Head Start/Early Start
• $600 million for Title I (NCLB)
• $16 billion for school construction
• $3.5 billion for higher education construction
• $100 for distance learning
• $98 million for school nutrition
Friday, February 6, 2009
private employment.The Obama 'brain trust' seems
to be devoid of thinking heads. Obama and his
'brain trust' advisers have joined by decreeing
that a man or woman cannot be paid what they are
worth, and if they don't like it they can go work
some place else. Obama has initiated mandatory
wage freezes on bailout banking and financial
officials, his cabinet, and the White House. I
believe one of the MSNBC 'Newsweek' reporters said
its like in the movie "The Caine Mutiny" where Humphrey
Bogart rolled his steel balls in his hand and wanted
to know where his strawberries were. The point being
the Obama Adm is looking for more ways to freeze wages.
Please tell me where have wage freezes ever worked?
What a sad state of affairs it is to see this man who
inspired so much hope bending to sheer ignorant populist
outcry to freeze wages, deny corporations their jets,
or take their loyal and productive employees. Either
yesterday or today Obama rolled out his refurbished jet
for short hop down to Williamsburg for a Democratic pep
rally. Wouldn't 'the beast' been cheaper? He keeps his
fleet of heliocopters and jets, but every one else is to
give them up. Yep, that'll show 'em! Guess he will be
freezing the wages of school teachers as soon as the spending
bill is finalized with all that taxayer money included for
rebuilding school and hiring teachers. HOw ridiculous it is
to see Obama start down the wage freeze road. It is a loser.
A spectacular new image of an unusual spiral galaxy in the Coma Galaxy Cluster has been created from data taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. It reveals fine details of the galaxy, NGC 4921, as well as an extraordinary rich background of more remote galaxies stretching back to the early Universe.
Those punks who lost the last election, like members of urban street gangs, are out for vengeance and they have their knives whetted and are going for the jugular of this nation. The GOP. Like the cowards that they are, they would rather take the entire ship to the bottom of the sea than help fix it; it was, of course, their own idiotic policies that caused the leaks which quickly grew into massive flooding and serious listing.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I am reluctant to attend films that people say, "You really have to see this movie." In fact, I don't like to sit in theaters at all these days: they are over-priced and terribly loud. They even have crummy commercials. Further, there is always someone in the seats who distracts me by talking or rattling a bag of candy in my ear.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Mongolia, for example, flew in 50 horses and their excellent equestrian Mongol riders. How about those fighting men from the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Tonga and the Solomon Islands? Well, they meant to send soldiers but they don't have an army. Still they were 'willing' nonetheless. Who can forget the valuable assistance in securing our freedom from the forces of
When the U.S. invaded Iraq, the U.S. government released a statement on the White House Web site listing the nations involved in the "Coalition of the Willing." However, over a period of several years, different versions of the three releases all appear to be originals. In the case of two releases from the U.S. government Web site, the original document is completely missing from the site.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Today two people that President Obama picked for positions in his administration 'withdrew' their nominations. It was clear to me and others that they were asked to withdraw by the president himself over their tax problems. He said that he wanted an ethical administration and apparently he meant it.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Haggart has taken off his fundamentalist blinders and now sees a broader spectrum of God and a more encompassing view of society. He has experienced an epiphany. He suffered the pain of hypocrisy, but was especially hurt by the shunning he received from fellow fundamentalists after his fall. He suggested that fundamentalists need to be less judgmental and more open to all saying, "Jesus proved his faithfulness to me more than ever. He said he came for the unrighteous, not for the righteous."
Sunday, February 1, 2009
A comparison between Obama and FDR has been written and talked about for months now. We have especially seen it in the "Hundred Days" comparison. It's as if the first hundred days of FDR's term as president ended the depression and restored
FDR was in his third term as President before the depression ended. What FDR did was to provide make work programs to get people working all through the 1930s and into the early 1940s. There was some relief but there was no recovery of the
What ended the depression in the
have more tools to help pull the country out of this very serious economic downturn.
FDR's New Deal was composed of relief, recovery, and reform. It was called the "three Rs. But, it didn't happen in that order.He provided some relief with the make-work programs such as civilian conservation corps, having artist paint murals in public buildings(indeed, those wall paintings in the old Toledo downtown Public Library is probably an example of that program), roads and bridges, and the building of hydro-electric dams in the West and TVA in the South are some examples. As long as the project continued there was "relief" for those workers and their families, but the job was completed and they were all unemployed again.
Make-work projects just don't last. Recovery did not happen. The thirties also saw most of the New Deal Reform programs passed into law to prevent the unregulated abuses of capitalism. An outstanding example of these regulations was the Glass-Steagle Act to prevent abuses in capital markets. Unfortunately, all these reform acts did not increase
FDR and his "Brain Trust" were stymied. They tried this and then that, but to no avail. From 1933-1942 the
A catalyst was needed to restore manufacturing and production in the
Commanders-in-Chiefs to destroy the manufacturing of
became based on Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate or FIRE. What is so unfortunate is that this was aided and abetted by both Democrats and Republicans.
And, they are still there as a Barney Frank, a Chuck Schummer, a Clinton, a Dodd, and on and on. A key part of the FIRE economy was/is to build homes. Well, they built more homes than there were legitimate buyers to buy and glutted the market, but we had to keep building more homes. The housing bubble was created. Now the houses are afire and so is the
In my opinion the historical record shows that Obama's plan to jump start the
FDR build roads and bridges, but to no avail. The
country and not building plants in Brazil, Africa, or China. We will wear shoes, shirts, dresses, slacks, socks, and ties make in the
it works. We have criticized Bush for asking people to do nothing, so lets get with it.
Now, is the time to do it. Will Obama give us relief but no recovery? That is the question.